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The Classic Tailored Shirt taught by Pam Howard

Roll up your sleeves and make a perfectly tailored shirt with the help of expert shirtmaker Pam Howard.

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Classic
smarshall on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Cotton shirting, McCall's pattern M6649

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What are you most proud of? I added the front placket.

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This is my first shirt using nice material. Unfortunately, I had three major mistakes, hence, the title. 1. The sleeve caps were much steeper than the Kwik sew pattern. I eventually got them in without pinches, but they're a little puffy. Next time, I'll try the method where you close the side seam, then sew the sleeve into the circle. 2. I sewed the continuous placket into the shirt correctly, but when I attached the cuffs I straightened the edges on the buttonhole side, so the plackets are a little twisted. I didn't notice this until I had sewn on both cuffs and done the edge stitching. People will be so dazzled by my shiny silver plastic cuff buttons, they won't notice. 3. I tried to use the cuff sewing technique from the Secrets of the Garment Industry class to sew on the collar. The outside looks okay, but the inside looks pulled. First, I attached the inside stand to the shirt, then the collar, and lastly, the outside stand. This technique worked fine for the cuffs.

11/14/2013 Flag

Well honestly it looks great. I wouldn't have known you'd made any mistakes!

11/14/2013 Flag

As time passes, I forget all the little trials and tribulations of a garment challenge, and usually end up loving it. This is a wonderful shirt.

11/14/2013 Flag

You are too funny! I think you did a great job and I really love your fabric combo :-)) I'm glad that you used methods from both of our classes to get what you needed. That's what it's all about. Thanks, Pam

11/14/2013 Flag

I think your class and that class are a good match. I even used the hammer a few times on this shirt.

11/14/2013 Flag

Your shirt looks fab from here, sometimes those little mistakes make it a designer feature - that's my theory anyway!

11/25/2013 Flag